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Discover how a digital detox can help you reconnect with friends and family

Fed up of seeing the world through your mobile phone? Perhaps it’s time to do a digital detox. Discover the 7 important steps to help you connect with the real world again.

Discover how a digital detox can help you reconnect with friends and family

In today’s modern age it seems like everywhere you look people are glued to their phone. Whether it’s out at dinner, in the break room at work or even in bed with your partner the ability to connect outside of our phones seems to become harder every day. Whilst the digital world has created so much innovation and opportunities it’s vital that we don’t lose touch with the real world. The ability to really feel, engage and feel connections with others can only really be created outside of the digital sphere. To reconnect I recommend that you undergo a digital detox. It’s not as scary as it sounds and by the end I can guarantee you’ll feel much better about yourself and you’ll be able to put your phone down without feeling like you’ve had a limb amputated. Here’s how to get started.

Allow yourself a certain amount of digital time a day

Just like you shouldn’t go cold turkey if you drink too much coffee or smoke too much, give yourself a daily digital allowance and try to stick to it. For example instead of playing with your phone whilst you’re watching the tv, leave the phone in another room and focus purely on the program. You’ll find you’ll enjoy it so much more as you actually know what’s going on rather then doing two things at once. The new update on the iPhone has a handy feature that monitors how much daily use you’ve had, use that to keep it as low as possible.

Change one habit at a time

Whether you’re prone to having your phone out at dinner or checking your emails in bed, there are certain habits that were all guilty of. When focusing on your digital detox try to eliminate one habit at a time as it will make it easier to cut down. Try to keep to your new regime for at least a week before you start to tackle a new habit.

Discover how a digital detox can help you reconnect with friends and family

Turn your devices off in the bedroom

Bedrooms are for relaxing and chilling out in. Why is it so tempting to drag the stresses of your day into it? Not only can your phone be a major distraction, the blue light that emits from the screen can also delay sleep as it stops the production of melatonin. As soon as you hit the sack turn your phone off and pick up a book or magazine.

Tell people you’re doing a digital detox

You know how if you’ve told someone you’re doing something they become super observant? Well that’s what you need when you’re trying to cut down on your dependence on your digital devices. Tell them to set a forfeit for you should you break it; perhaps you have to do the washing up for a week or make the tea every day if you’re at work. We all know you’d rather avoid those forfeits wouldn’t we!

What do you do first thing in the morning?

I bet the answer is you check your phone. When you’re doing your digital detox that is the first thing you need to stop. Charge your phone or tablet in another room so you won’t feel that urge to reach for it in the morning. It will stop you being late and even disturb your sleep in the night when your friends texts you at 4am.

Focus on your friends and family

The modern world is so focused on phones and tablets they forget there’s a real world to enjoy out there. Make a pact with your friends and family to ditch your phones when you’re out together so you can reconnect and discover why you’re close in the first place. After all if you had left your phone at home and your friend was texting at dinner, you’d find it rude wouldn’t you?

Do your digital detox with someone else

Breaking that addiction on your own can be lonely. If you know someone who’s as addicted as you, ask them to join you on breaking the cycle. Meet regularly so you can update each other on your progress, and most importantly, leave your phone out of sight!

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